Author Archives: Umayrah Ramjan

BBC Studios Africa signs content deal with MultiChoice

BBC Studios in Africa confirmed the first content deal with MultiChoices streaming services for an exclusive array of arts and culture content, for DStv Premium customers in spring. As of September 4th, DStv Premium customers will have access to almost 130 hours of new artistic content. The programs will be available to stream or download [...]

Multichoice Ghana to launch FIESTA TV channel

FIESTA, an entertainment music video channel targeting Africa and anyone with an interest in music, is to launched on Multichoice ghana. The FIESTA according to a release copied to, is a 24hour TV channel providing a wide range of programming genres including lifestyle, music, events, entertainment news bulletins and more various programming. The schedule [...]

5G service in Lesotho launched by Vodacom

Vodacom Group created “Africa’s first standards-based, commercial 5G service in Lesotho”, via its 3.5GHz spectrum to primarily deliver Fixed-Wireless Access Broadband services to two local enterprises. The operator stated that subscribers in Lesotho can now benefit from quicker broadband services deployment similar to fibre-like speeds. This move from Vodacom is to provide early access to [...]

YouTube Go launches in South Africa

YouTube has announced that it has launched its new data-light version of the platform, YouTube Go, in South Africa. This app is a lighter version of the YouTube app, to cater for audiences with a slow connection those who are not on high data packages. YouTube Go provides transparency in how users are using their [...]

Kwesé TV launches Scoop Network in Africa

Scoop Network Africa has recently launched on Kwesé TV. Scoop Networks programme schedule consists of a mix of light entertainment magazines with movie, music, fashion and celebrity news. Scoop Network joins Kwesé TVs exciting entertainment line-up with an exclusive tailor-made feed produced by from Dutch Indie FCCE based in Nairobi, Kenya for English speaking African [...]

TSTV relaunches via Nigcomsat in Nigeria

The direct-to-home (DTH) platform TSTV Nigeria, which was struggling in its first year of operation, has relaunched using newly acquired Nigcomsat transponder space. The company worked with Intertel, Federal Ministry of Communications and Nigcomsat to migrate to Nigerias first communications satellite and offer all 45 channels in full high definition (HD). TSTV is currently offering [...]

YouTube planning original content for Middle East and Africa

Luke Hyams the online platforms head of originals for Europe, Middle East and Africa said YouTube is aiming to bring more original content and drive more premium-subscription by bagging more potential international comedies and other dramas departing from the usual sitcom template. Hyams said, In scripted, were looking for personality-driven, authored pieces that have potential [...]

Malawi villages to have access to satellite TV owing to Chinese-aided project

The Malawi government has launched a satellite television project which seeks to make 500 rural communities connected to satellite television services, with assistance from China. The development is a follow-up action since the 2015 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit held in South Africa, and part of China’s pledge to provide satellite TV reception to [...]

Ooredoo brings new platform Kids TV to subscribers in Middle East

Ooredoo, for Eid-Ul-Adha, treated its young audience to a new platform, Muslim Kids TV, which provides many interactive activities aimed at children and includes digital resources in English for parents and teachers. Other features are the Create & Share platform where children can show their creations to each other around the world, and Printables & [...]

ZTE wakes up again in South Africa

After suspending operations around the world following a ban by the US government, ZTE South Africa is back in business, the Chinese telecommunications equipment company said on Monday. The recent US ban led to the corporation suspending business operations across the globe including in South Africa, it said. ZTE reached a settlement with the US department [...]